We’re not “Consumer Reports” but we would like to share our very positive experiences with our Electrolux refrigerator as a way of giving the manufacturer a pat on the back for a good product and providing some guidance to other expats shopping for appliances.
A Sharp refrigerator came with our first apartment. While I have an inclination to think of Japanese products as good quality, the Sharp refrigerator was really lousy. Its cooling power was low, so food was not kept cold except under the best conditions. Plastic parts were flimsy and broke easily.
Once we bought property and knew we were going to build a house, we started paying more attention to kitchen appliances. Despite our experiences with the Sharp, we still preferred Asian brands; Panasonic, LG, Samsung and so forth. We saw Electrolux refrigerators in the showrooms, but really did not consider them. Electrolux (other than my mom’s ancient vacuum cleaner) was not a major brand in the U.S. Besides, Electrolux was expensive. Then one day we were at a big Iloilo City appliance dealer and saw that they had a repossessed big, deluxe Electrolux refrigerator for sale for P15,500. It had the remains of the former owners food inside, but I could see that the refrigerator was quite new and could be cleaned up. I’m guessing the selling price was originally P40,000 or so. I brought Carol to see it and she agreed that we should buy it.
We’ve been using this machine for two years now and we are so pleased with it. It’s big and powerful so that it keeps our food cold even in our hot, un-air conditioned kitchen. All of the plastic parts are excellent quality, considerably better than our expensive Kenmore side-by-side in the U.S. Even if we had to pay full price for this refrigerator, we’d do it in an instant. Electrolux has somewhat smaller units that look similar, but we have no experience with them. Our unit is made in Thailand which seems to a major manufacturing center for Asian appliances.
ALERT: I just saw this model on sale at Emcor, Iloilo, for P25,000 new. That’s a great deal! 6-20-10